As many of you know, I’m a serious coupon user. Over the past year, I’ve saved our family over $2000 on food, household, and health and beauty products by using coupons to buy items when they were on sale.
However, when I made the decision to go more organic, greatly limiting processed foods and going for more natural options, I was hit with the realization that I’d be spending even more on organics than I did on conventional foods before I started using coupons. I had to ask myself some serious questions.
Can I afford to go organic?
The answer: Not totally organic, but I do have a plan that I think will get me to mostly organic, or at least more natural, unprocessed foods.
At this time, I don’t plan to go organic with household products or beauty products. I know these items are important, but right now I’m really more interested in what is actually being ingested into our bodies.
How can I use coupons to offset the extra costs of organics?
- Use coupons on organics. There are several coupons out there for organic products. Some food brands sell primarily, or only, organic foods, and I’m learning those brands so I can be on the lookout for coupons to use on those products. On the other hand, there are other common name brands that sell mostly conventional products, but have an organic option available also. For example, if I find a coupon for $.75 off any Heinz ketchup product, I can use it to bring down the price of the organic Heinz ketchup.
- Continue to use coupons for household and health and beauty. Since I know I can’t go completely organic on everything, I’m going to continue to buy paper, cleaning, and health and beauty products with coupons as usual. I’m planning to let the great deals I can get on these products help offset the additional costs of buying organic foods.
- Stock up on organics when they’re a good price. One of the major components of couponing is stockpiling items when they can be bought on sale and with coupons to get the lowest price possible. Although it doesn’t seem that organics go on sale that often, I plan to stock up when they do, especially if I have coupons to use along with the sale.
Without a doubt, it costs more money to eat better quality foods. At the same time, you have to ask yourself, can I put a price on my health, or the health of my family? I say NO, definitely NOT.
This is just one way I’m planning to save money and buy healthy foods. I’ll have to get back to you later on other ways I’m planning to make it all work for us.
Do you buy organics foods? Do you use coupons? How do you make it all work together?
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